John Hammond Rumors
General manager John Hammond made it clear Tuesday that the team’s promising future will not be compromised for current gain, however. “Look, the big picture for us is becoming a championship-caliber organization,” Hammond said at the team’s training center. “For us to get short-sighted and say, ‘Let’s try to win today’ and replacing any thought of moving forward into the future, I think we’re all aware that’s not who we want to be. Anything we’re looking at today is still hopefully going to be focused on acquiring a piece or talking about adding pieces that can be long-term players for this organization.”
Hammond said league officials are keeping Bucks officials updated on Larry Sanders, who still is serving a drug suspension without pay. The center has missed 12 games under the suspension for his fourth failed marijuana test. “We’ll continue to look at that as we move forward,” Hammond said. “Nothing is determined yet. We will just continue to follow the progress.” Sanders already has forfeited $1.2 million of his $11 million salary due to the suspension.
When asked about the status of Bucks center Larry Sanders, general manager John Hammond told reporters Tuesday that “nothing has been determined at this point. We’ll just continue to follow the progress,” according to FOX Sports Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward/center Kenyon Martin for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Martin has appeared in eight games for the Bucks this season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game. Martin signed his initial 10-day contract with the Bucks on Jan. 9, and was signed to a second 10-day deal on Jan. 19.
“We’ve never had any interest in trading John Henson,” says John Hammond, the Bucks’ GM. “He’s the kind of player you want in your organization for a long time.”
Bucks General Manager John Hammond sensed from his first encounter with Parker that the player’s desire to be special, plus his support system, separated him from other rookies. “He came in for his press conference and I’m sitting there next to him and I’m thinking, ‘Is this guy 19 or 29?’ Because he had that kind of poise, that kind of maturity about him already,” Hammond said.
Of course, there are obvious pitfalls. Ownership could cede too much control to Kidd, who had zero input on personnel decisions in Brooklyn last season and, according to sources, didn’t seem at all interested in any. Hammond has taken some heat in recent years, but he is widely respected and has a strong track record in the draft (hello, Giannis), where Milwaukee will need to continue to land quality players. Lasrys wants consensus with big decisions, but ultimately Hammond’s voice should carry the most weight. Kidd’s job should be to coach a team freckled with promising players.
General Manager John Hammond announced today that the Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Chris Wright and Elijah Millsap. Wright, 26, appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14 and averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He also played in 41 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League last season and earned an All-Star berth with his 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Wright did not appear in a 2014 preseason game for the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired forward Jared Dudley and a 2017 conditional first round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second round draft pick (received from the L.A. Clippers), General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Word leaked out that the Nets had given permission to Milwaukee to speak to Kidd, without the knowledge of either Bucks general manager John Hammond or Drew. Kidd was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract a few days later. “From their (the owners’) standpoint, there’s no set time for these type of things,” Drew said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work. I don’t have any hard feelings, any grudges against anybody. “Marc (Lasry) called me and I just wished him luck. I’ve got to keep moving forward.”
They could get a steal at a veteran’s minimum salary (around $915,000) if Marshall can continue his upward trend. “He got a great opportunity with the Lakers and made the most of that,” Bucks general manager John Hammond said. “When he describes himself as a pass-first guard, that’s close to an understatement. “He has tremendous vision, similar to the coach he’s playing for. He can throw over the top to bigs, he can throw ahead in transition and he also can penetrate and break down a defense.”
Kidd has been characterized as a ruthless opportunist for this and other episodes during his two decades in the NBA. But something that Bucks general manager John Hammond said at one point from the BMO Harris Bradley Center stage got my attention. “We want to win and we want to win big,” Hammond said, with Kidd seated to his right. “Our goal is to put a team on this floor that becomes a championship team. That’s why we’re here.”
Kidd lost a power play in Brooklyn, where he had tried to usurp the power of GM Billy King through ownership, sources said. Kidd had gone to ownership seeking the president of basketball operations title and was denied. It led to Brooklyn allowing him persmission to talk with the Bucks, whose new co-owner, Marc Lasry, has been a longtime financial adviser. Around the NBA, there’s a strong belief that Kidd will ascend sooner rather than later to run the Bucks’ basketball operations. Milwaukee currently has a general manager, John Hammond, in place.
Charles F. Gardner: Bucks GM John Hammond and assistant GM David Morway not in jeopardy and no one interviewed for their positions, source said.
Charles F. Gardner: So Giannis has grown 2 inches since draft one year ago. Now 6-11 says Bucks GM John Hammond. Amazing.
Later, when I spoke to Lasry and Edens one-on-one, I asked them if Hammond and Morway would definitively be part of the organization next season. Lasry said, “I have a ton of respect for John and David. I think they know their stuff. I would tell you I don’t think that we (he and Edens) know our stuff (about basketball dealings). They are very good and have a phenomenal track record, so that’s no issue for us.” So they will then be a part of the Bucks next season? “I think so,” Lasry said. “Absolutely.”
There was widespread chatter among Bucks officials and even some NBA executives that Kohl was livid with Hammond and, if he had maintained ownership of the team, would have fired him after the season. But Hammond, the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 2009-2010, is still overseeing the basketball operations and Drew is heavily involved in draft preparations. Thursday, during an informal gathering with a group of media, Lasry and Edens expressed their support for Hammond, Drew and Morway. “I think, on the basketball side right now, John, David and Larry, at least from all the dealings we’ve had, they have been doing a great job,” Lasry said.
The futures of Hammond and Morway are uncertain after the recent sale of the team to finance executives Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, and the new owners have at least held initial discussions about possible replacements, per sources around the league. But the growing consensus is that the current front office will have another year to make this lottery pick and hope the nucleus it’s put in place begins to perform.
Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond received some support from the team’s new ownership group after the lottery drawing Tuesday night. Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry sat in the front row with family members during the lottery telecast, while Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway were a few rows away. Edens said Hammond would continue as the team’s general manager for the near future but avoided making a firm commitment in the long term. Hammond has two years remaining on his contract, as does coach Larry Drew, who suffered through a 15-67 finish in his first year with Milwaukee. “This is like Day 3 since we’ve been the owners of it,” Edens said. “We’re very focused on the draft and working with these guys closely. “We’re very happy to have those guys working with us.”
The futures of Hammond and Morway are uncertain after the recent sale of the team to finance executives Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, and the new owners have at least held initial discussions about possible replacements, per sources around the league. But the growing consensus is that the current front office will have another year to make this lottery pick and hope the nucleus it’s put in place begins to perform. But this is one of two jobs all the lurking GM candidates are watching — a group that includes all the names that are always mentioned, plus wild cards like Bryan Colangelo, who would be open to returning to a GM position, per several league sources.